It is important that you cite your sources to avoid plagiarism, which is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
Giving credit to the original source rewards other scholars for the hard work and creativity they contribute to advancements in their fields.
Help Readers Find Your Sources
Citations are like a roadmap to your sources. Sometimes seeing a quote in its original context helps readers understand it better. Citations can also guide your readers to more information about your topic.
Give Credibility to Your Work
The more you know about your topic, the more credible your arguments become. By citing your sources, you prove that you have researched existing information and multiple viewpoints. In turn, readers will see that your theories and ideas are well-supported.
What Needs To Be Cited?
Facts: Historical, Statistical, Scientific
Graphs, Drawings, Data
Articles, Studies, or Books (that you reference in your writing)
Helpful overview of the processes of Conducting Research, and Using Research in writing your paper. Also provides links to guides describing how to use APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles. From the OWL at Purdue University.
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Guide to Writing College Papers by Kate L. Turabian; Gregory G. Colomb; Joseph M. Williams; University of Chicago Press Staff (Editor)
Publication Date: 2010-04-15
The College Student's Research Companion by Arlene Rodda Quaratiello; Jane Devine
Publication Date: 2010-11-30
The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism by Colin Neville